Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Trump getting Washington military parade

Trump getting Washington military parade

Veterans Day 2018 is set to witness a military parade in Washington D.C. on the request of United States president Donald Trump. And formations donning "period uniforms" may be utilized to "represent veterans from previous wars", the letter said.

The event will integrate with D.C.'s annual Veterans Day Parade and run from the White House to the Capitol, where the president will observe from a viewing area surrounded by veterans and Medal of Honor recipients, according to the memo.

In a memo, it said tanks would not be involved to help limit damage to roads.

U.S. military parades are usually only used to mark victory at the end of a war.

"The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France", said a military official told The Washington Post on February 6.

But the event will include plenty of airplane flyovers, according to a memo from the office of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, whose staff will be in charge of planning the parade.

The letter, dated Thursday and addressed to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gives guidance for planning "a military-themed Veteran's Day Parade" in Washington on November 11.

The parade will focus on the contributions of veterans throughout the history of the USA military, starting with the Revolutionary War, and highlight the evolution of women veterans from second world war to the present, according to the memo. First reports of plans for a parade came out last month when The Washington Post reported that Trump had met with high-ranking officials and told them he wanted a parade "like the one in France".

Last September, Trump shared how impressed he was by the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris, where he visited French President Emmanuel Macron and concluded "to a large extent, because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July 4th in Washington, down Pennsylvania Avenue".

"President Trump is incredibly supportive of America's great servicemembers who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said after news got out.

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